Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Painting in the Algarve

A Villa Garden 
Sketch - charcoal, watercolour, oil pastel - 4x6"

I've just returned from a 5 day painting course with Emily Ball in Portugal.
I've lots of sketches and a couple of paintings and some photographs to 
try to recapture a sense of place to inspire future works.

The sketches were done using charcoal, watercolour, oil pastels and pencil and was a messy process
but babywipes came in handy for knocking back marks and cleaning up after.

Mostly my sketches were done near the villa amongst the palm trees and unfamiliar plant shapes.
I was also trying to capture the movement of the foliage due to it being rather breezy.

There were many great ideas generated during the time there but one that I 
hope I'll remember, and which affected my work was to
think of the marks I was making as adjectives and each one therefore had a distinct value.


  1. Replies
    1. Thankyou Lisa - I loved doing them especially as the time was restricted and each mark had to mean something - no time to titivate lol

  2. These sketches are beautiful and so full of potential. I can see how your style of painting can be used with these compositions ... wow!

    1. I hope so - almost scared to try in case I disappoint myself :-)) thankyou for encouraging comment Blue Sky


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